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Tim Armstrong Announces New Web Series

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Rancid’s Tim Armstrong has announced a new original web series called Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater.

“Doing a show centered on musical theatre isn’t really a stretch for me,”  Armstrong tells altpress.com. “For 25 years I’ve been making music and collaborating with friends, been involved in hundreds of videos, and it’s really just a direct extension of my world.”

The pilot episode, “Dante,” starring AFI frontman Davey Havok, Rancid guitarist and vocalist Lars Frederiksen and actor Robert David Hall (CSI) is scheduled to air Oct. 21 on VEVO, marking the first scripted original programming featured on the music video website.

Watch the trailer below …

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Rancid Rehearse for Tour with Blink-182

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Tim Armstrong rocking his signature Gretsch guitar. Photo by Michael Schulz

Gretsch caught up with Rancid at Center Staging in Burbank, Calif., as they rehearsed for their upcoming run of shows with Blink-182. The two-week run in support of Blink-182 (also featuring Against Me and My Chemical Romance) kicks off on Aug. 25 in Winnipeg and wraps on Sept. 4 in Denver. Immediately following, the punk rock outfit will headline four shows of their own.

Tour dates available here.

Rancid has been taking an extended break for the last 18 months, but plan to return to the studio after the tour to record their eighth studio album with Brett Gurewitz.

“We thought that these shows would help us to get our chops up before going into the studio,” the band states on their official website. “It’s always good for us to go out and play some shows, just to get us ready before going into the studio, and that helps bring that live energy to tape.”

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Rancid Plays Two-Night Stint at LA’s Music Box

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Tim Armstrong with his signature Gretsch and a shot of his guitar rack.
Photos by Chris Pontius.

Rancid played a pair of shows over the weekend at the Music Box in Los Angeles. The legendary punk rockers donated a portion of the proceeds to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a local nonprofit that specializes in music lessons for underprivileged children.

LA Weekly‘s Molly Bergen had this to say about their Friday night stint:

“The key to Rancid’s success is their ability to evolve and diversify with each album. They can play as fast as anyone, but they’re also not afraid to venture from their meat-and-potatoes punk (“I Want A Riot” or “Salvation”) into upbeat, poppier numbers, (“Fall Back Down” or “Last One To Die”) or ska (“Timebomb” or “Ruby Soho”), or even politics (“New Orleans”). They really cover the whole gamut.”

Rancid even ventured into classic folk territory as Red Hot Chili Peppers co-founder Flea joined the punk rockers for a cover of Bob Dylan’s “On a Night Like This.” Watch it below.

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Vintage Guitar Reviews the Gretsch G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic

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Tim Armstrong with his signature Gretsch G5191BK.

Be sure to pick up the August 2010 issue of Vintage Guitar for a review of the Gretsch G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic, modeled after the preferred hollowbody guitar that the renowned Rancid frontman has torn up stages with for more than a decade.

“Plugged in, the G5191BK does not disappoint,” writes Vintage Guitar reviewer Sean O’Bryan Smith. “Its tone bars and soundposts give an acoustic projection and help it really drive the Filter’Tron pickups. It has the classic jangle and resonance one would expect from a Gretsch, while all that projection is a godsend for styles not necessarily associated with the brand.”

Read the entire review on page 156.

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